Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Morning's Epiphany

Have you ever woken up to the most amazing idea or had an ‘ah-ha’ moment? Many thoughts and ideas come to me through my dreams. Usually, it’ll be something to write about or in the past, song lyrics since I use to be a songwriter. These days it’s been quite different though. I haven’t had one of these ‘ah-ha’ moments in a very long time, but let me first explain one thing... It’s usually when I’m hungover. Don’t ask why - I haven’t got a clue, but it just happens. I find it funny, because I’m quite the chatterbox whenever I wake up from a night out of fun. Maybe it’s equivalent to those great philosophers and artists who scheme up their best work while being under the influence of God knows what.  ...Nah. I’m nowhere near that, but I think you’ll find this little idea interesting though.
While watching TV the other day, they were discussing how the government is trying to get everyone vaccinated for the H1N1 virus. I’m totally against it and will not be taking it. When doctors ask if I got the vaccine, I simply say, “Yes.” End of story. I have my reasonings. Anyway, my thought is, what about if we can simply change things around, particularly in our school systems, since the bulk of the swine flu traffic is targeting them? Remember back in high school when the bell rang? What did we all do? We huddled up like a bunch of sheep and bottlenecked every single crevice of that building shoulder-to-shoulder heading off to our next class - and to sit where? At another student’s desk that had just been used. By using so many desks within one day, we’re spreading the virus much more rapidly. What if the teachers went class to class and the students remained in the same room with the same desks? Voila - the virus has immediately slowed down. Granted, it’ll still be out and about lurking, but in a much slower pace, maybe even slow enough to see if we can get rid of this thing once and for all.

The huge problem is, every student takes different electives and whatnot. Maybe just have students remain put for the same subjects studied and then go to their preferred subject of choice. It’s about changing the entire curriculum so that students aren’t “moving” so much. Student moves/virus moves. It’s simple math. Isn’t it worth it to try it out for at least one year? Think about it: so many schools have closed down because of this virus. Now think about your workplace. Maybe you work in an office environment. Not many people in the offices contract the virus as much as the schools do, because they’re not moving from desk to desk. And God knows whatever germs are left at a kid’s desk - gum stuck under the desk, kids picking their noses, the list goes on and on and on.

I know- not one of my “deep” posts, but at least it’ll make people think. Maybe I’ll send a letter to Obama. Less money spent on vaccines, less people getting sick, money saved for the economy, or...would it simply mean less money for healthcare? Hrmm.

Your thoughts?


Drew B. Dope said...

I think it's a good idea. I guess it would slow it down, but then you'd have the idea of how else would it transfer. "Change the game" if you will.

Gum is good, especially when it gets on your pants for kneeing the desk. Done.

I wonder how much thought Obama would give it.

I think being in the same class would give kids the opportunity to prank the teachers via desk in between classes. Maybe that would lead to more sick teachers?

More sick teachers = more sick grown ups. More sick grown ups = more unwatched kids. More unwatched kids = world domination and standardized pb&j sandwiches 3 times a day and cartoons as the national...

...hey I could embrace this. I love sandwiches and cartoons. Right onnnnnnnn!

Peta Joy said...

Deb, that is what it was like in my school. The class stayed together throughout the day and really the only time we got out was for Gym and Lunch. Speaking of gym, there's a bit of a hole in your proposal.....

Deb said...

Drew, I didn't even think about the sick grown ups!!! (lol) But yeah, was an idea till SOMEONE squashes it! *pokes you* You're so funny!

Peta: Hrmmmmmmmmm... You're right - a HUGE hole. *sigh* I'll have to go back to the drawing board. That means, more alcohol to boot. Care to join me?

Christine Robinson said...

It's ironic that you'd have an epiphany on January 6th. Was that intentional? I can't help but wonder.

Your idea is interesting, but I have a feeling it might only be feasible in elementary school. There seems no way to really quarantine students within a class all day. There's lunch time, break times, bus times... but there must be some merit to the idea.

As a Catholic, it used to irk me at communion time that the Eucharistic ministers weren't supplies with hand sanitizers. Such a simple way to stop the spread of germs. I guess enough people complained that they finally implemented that practice.

on that note, I've noticed that at my son's college, and my other son's high school, there are way more hand sanitizers in place in hallways. Do the kids use them? I wonder.

Keep the ideas (and the alcohol) coming!


Just_because_today said...

You mean we had it all right in my country??? back in Colombia, the teachers changed classrooms, students didn't.
Not sure that fixes the problem. What happens when you leave the classroom in interact with everybody else. And imagine if we couldn't go from bar to bar?

Deb said...

Christine, what is Jan 6th? I know it's 3 Kings Day - but I'm not sure of the "coincidence" part... Hrmm. I hear what you're saying, but I'm talking about slowing down the process and not constantly having to touch somebody else's slimy desk, if at all possible. But gym and going to the cafeteria is another thing. Thanks for your input!

JBT: Well, in my eyes your country had it right! If it were a matter not going to bar to bar, we'd be in big trouble. We're due for a night out. I've been slacking lately because it's so fricken cold! :)

Deb said...

Christine, I just Googled it. I'm such a bad Christian! Thank you - and YES that is very strange since I had NO clue about the epiphany thing.

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